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Pat Matthews reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Great instructor and students I highly recommended this school.

Cooper Johnson reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Had a great time with the folks at crossroads BJJ gym. I'm a visitor from out of town and the welcomed me in. No attitudes nothing but friendly folks! Their professor Dustin Rhodes is very knowledgeable and inviting. I got a chance to roll with him and even though he could shut me down with every move you was light and respectful of my abilities. This is reflected in his students. Not one meathead in the bunch �. Any way, top notch. Thanks for letting me train with you all!

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Cool men and women that enjoy learning and helping one another get better. Quality of instruction is very good, and it’s obvious that a lot of care is put into the development of the trainees. Nothing is free so you’ll have to put in the time on the mats to progress. Be prepared to discover the many stages of white belt. Great exercise and a lot of fun learning a useable skill that not many people out there know.

Lynne Black Hagerty reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Instructor is wonderful with kids. Very patient and has them engaged throughout the whole class time.

Anthony Azanon reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Crossroads BJJ is an excellent place for anyone with zero experience to more advanced. The classes are thought by people who are willing to help you out throughout the learning process and understand the importance of the basics in other to develop cohesive and fundamental grappling skills. Also, the classes vary from a larger group to more intimate sessions. So, there is really nothing to be afraid of; Crossroads BJJ in CT has you covered.

Fiona Mortell reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Dustin’s instruction is high level and detailed, everyone is extremely welcoming, and the gym is beautiful. It was an excellent visit and I definitely recommend Crossroads!

Delilah Waskiewicz reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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BJJ CT: Noon-Jitsu and the Art of the Counter

Once you begin to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu your going to want to know how to stop people from using their techniques against you. Every position on the ground is ranked from best to worst and  since the goal of jiu-jitsu is to put yourself in the best position possible and provide your training parter with the least opportunities to submit you, you are going to need to learn how to prevent them from escaping. In todays 12pm Jiu-jitsu class we continued working from the same counter we were drilling during Tuesdays noon jiu-jitsu class, countering the elbow escape. 

After drilling the counter to the elbow escape we began using that counter as a way to set up the paper cutter choke and discussing the queue’s of when you will attempt the choke versus when you will move to take your jiu-jitsu training partners back as we did in Tuesdays Class. Proper technique selection makes all the difference in jiu-jitsu, since the right submission performed at the wrong time is the wrong move. This basically means that we can know all of the details to a particular technique but if we do not understand when we should be applying it our training partner will easily escape. 

We ended the class with some positional drilling where we add some resistance. This allows us to see if we are applying the technique correctly and at the correct time in a controlled learning enviorment until everybody feels comfortable with the technique and have made the proper adjustments to make sure that it will work when it actually matters, either in a competition or in a self defense situation. In both cases the person you are attempting to submit will not want to be submitted so you must be able to break through their defenses. This training methodology is what separates Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from other martial arts, the ability to test what we are doing in situations where we are getting 100% resistance, keep what works and discard what does not.